Industrial robots for handling tasks make your company more efficient

Human labor is expensive, not always reliable and imprecise in frequently repeated work steps due to lack of concentration. With an industrial robot, on the other hand, many work steps can be automated cost-effectively. With the right handling technology, we adapt your industrial robot individually to the tasks to be performed. This allows you to significantly increase the output of your production without compromising quality.

Which robots are suitable for handling tasks?

Both linear robots and jointed-arm robots are used in production lines for precise handling of components.

Linear robot

A linear robot usually works with 3 motion axes, one for each direction in the coordinate system. If the application also requires tilting or rotating of components, linear robots with up to 5 axes can be realized.

Articulated arm robot

Industrial robots with articulated arm usually have 6 motion axes for the complex handling of components, making almost any desired position possible. If the industrial robot is additionally mounted on a linear axis, the available working range can be extended by quite a bit.

Handling technology: Which gripper fixtures do our industrial robots have?

Depending on the size, weight, material and structure of your components, various solutions are available for component pickup. The selection of the appropriate handling technology is crucial.

Vacuum gripper

In this variant, the grippers are equipped with suction pads, which are ideally suited for quickly lifting smooth and lightweight components. In Industry 4.0, vacuum grippers are particularly popular due to their versatility, as this technology is inexpensive to implement and suitable for many types of material.

Magnetic gripper

Particularly heavy loads that can be fixed with magnets are the domain of magnetic grippers. Here, the extra cost for magnetic grippers on the robot definitely pays off. However, only magnetic materials can be moved with them, of course. When it comes to handling technology for magnetic grippers, you have a choice between grippers with electromagnets and permanent magnets. The latter offer additional safety in the event of an interruption in the power supply because the component remains firmly connected to the robot gripper.

Parallel gripper

The classic parallel grippers can be used for many tasks. You can choose between different designs:

  • Small parts gripper for difficult work with sensitive and/or small components

  • Universal grippers for versatile and flexible use in industry

  • Large lifting grippers for heavier components that have to be moved safely and precisely

  • Swivel grippers for complex work steps and flexible positioning

Depending on your needs, the robots grippers can be equipped with special handling technology, including inductive sensors, magnetic switches and special gripper fingers optimized for your workpieces. Customized robot solutions with electric, servo-electric or pneumatic grippers are possible. We can offer you the right gripping solution for almost any application.

What is meant by cooperating robots?

Cooperating robots share the work. For example, one industrial robot can pick up the component and rotate it into the correct position so that the other robot can process it (for example, set spot welds). In this case, the handling robot takes over the task of the positioner, but offers much more flexible options for positioning the component. In addition, thanks to grippers, it can automatically pick up the component to be processed and put it down again. The loading and unloading processes are thus automated, which enables shorter cycle times and more economical operation.

What advantage does the robot's handling technology offer compared to humans?

For monotonous, repetitive tasks, industrial robots are much more cost-efficient and reliable compared to human workers. Once purchased, they incur hardly any ongoing operating costs, do not get tired, and do not slacken in either attention or precision. In addition, robots perform many jobs much more consistently and precisely, which can significantly increase the quality of the end product.

However, industrial robots certainly play out their greatest advantage when it comes to their working speed. Especially when moving components, humans cannot keep up (especially with heavier weights). This results in shorter cycle times and a higher production speed with first-class quality.

Where does Industry 4.0 use handling robots?

In the largely automated Industry 4.0, robots with handling technology are without alternative. For example, solar panels cannot be manufactured at all without industrial robots, because moving many millions of solar cells between the individual work steps would not be possible efficiently otherwise.

In heavy industry, the movement of components for loading and unloading presses and other machines (e.g. injection molds) is much faster and safer with handling robots. The tasks can be modified accordingly depending on the area of application.

When applying substances to workpieces (e.g. silicone, paints, etc.), it is often a question of exact layer thicknesses, which only a robot can maintain perfectly. Added to this is the enormous working speed and economical use of consumables.

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LASACO's cooperation partners at a glance

Since all customers have their own ideas, wishes and technical requirements for their individual order, we work together with strong partners. This is the only way to provide the required quality and reliability for applications in industry and trade. Here you will find an overview of the renowned manufacturers with whom we cooperate in the field of welding and industrial robot technology as well as other components. Quality is our top priority. Always.